Cookies on AASAP/UK

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to recieve all cookies on the AASAP/UK website. However, if you would like to, you can change your cookie settings at any time.

AASAP/UK Lord Acton Memorial Scholarship

The AASAP/UK Board would like to invite applications for the 2024/25 Lord Acton Memorial Scholarship. 

Application information can be found below.


In 2012 AASAP/UK launched the Lord Acton Memorial Scholarship for study abroad students coming to the UK. Lord Acton was AASAP/UK’s first Honorary President, serving in this capacity from 2006 until his untimely death in 2010. His professional career included work as a banker, barrister, human rights campaigner, writer and politician. He sat in the House of Lords as both a life and hereditary peer on the Labour benches. He was a champion of international educational and cultural exchange, and offered invaluable assistance and guidance to AASAP/UK.


Recent Winners

Elizabeth C. Palmer, Academic Year 2023/2024

Anna Argulian, Academic Year 2022/2023

Harsh Dubey, Academic Year 2019/2020 - read his reflective essay here.

Nina Kambili, Academic Year 2018/2019 - read her reflective essay here

Taylor Claeys, Academic Year 2017/2018 - read her reflective essay here and see the photo of her accepting the scholarship here

King Fok, Fall 2016 - read his reflection essay here

Petra Rantanen, Fall 2015 - Read her reflective essay here. 


The purpose of the scholarship is to provide a deserving study abroad student with financial support to pursue academic study in the United Kingdom.  By offering the scholarship, AASAP/UK is fulfilling one of its purposes – the promotion and support of academic standards. The merit-based scholarship will be awarded to the applicant who demonstrates an understanding and appreciation of the value of an international educational experience and who agrees to share with AASAP/UK members the ways in which the scholarship has helped to fulfill their academic and personal ambitions.  The award will be £1,000 for a student whose programme lasts at least eight weeks.

The winning student will be required to attend an AASAP/UK meeting to meet the membership, receive the award, and give a short presentation on the goals and objectives that will be made possible through this financial support.  In addition, the scholarship recipient must provide a final written reflection on the impact of the scholarship on their study abroad experience, which will be uploaded to the Association website.


a. Enrolment in full-time education
b. Undergraduate status at a university or college based in the United States
c. Acceptance on a study abroad programme offered by an AASAP/UK FULL or ASSOCIATE member with a minimum length of eight weeks. See the updated list of full and associate members here.
d. Minimum cumulative 3.00 GPA
e. Willingness to share their experiences abroad with the AASAP/UK community in person at the beginning and through a reflective written piece at the end of their study abroad experience



March 2024 - Application window opens
28th May 2024 - Application deadline (11:59pm British Summer Time)
1th July 2024 - Winner will be announced


Download the application packet here

- Scanned Application Form with all fields completed
- Scanned Official Transcript showing GPA (3.00 minimum)
- Resume (maximum length ONE page)
- Statement (suggested length 500-750 words)
- At least one academic reference (to be sent separately by the referee)


Download a flyer that can be used to promote the scholarship. Please share with colleagues in the US.

Any questions, please contact [email protected]